It’s been nearly a year since I made the fateful decision to leave the relative security of my day job and pursue Storied Threads full-time, so maybe that’s why the topic of taking risks has been on my mind lately.
I knew then that making Storied Threads my career, and my sole source of income, would be a big risk, and I’ve learned that the risk factor has never really gone away. It seems everything I do has at least a small element of danger to it — specifically, the possibility that I am going to end up wasting time and money.
Telling a story in photos
A few months ago, when Lauren and I were first planning our Captain America photo shoot, I desperately wanted to have a shield for it. I tried to find one I could borrow, but just couldn’t get one in time, and so we went without. And the shoot was amazing — but I was still a little saddened by the lack of a shield.
I am, to borrow a phrase from Tom Hiddleston,uncontrollably excited for theAvengers DVD and Blu-Ray release on September 25. This movie made me so happy when I saw it opening weekend that I then proceeded to see it in the theater — I kid you not — four more times. This is an unprecedented feat of movie-going for me, and while I’m not precisely PROUD of it…I do own the fact that it happened.
Tapping new fandoms
It’s no secret that business here at Storied Threads really took off when I started tapping into pop culture and fandoms. It started last spring, when I debuted the Doctor Who Awareness Ribbon patch, and has simply grown exponentially from there. At CTRF last fall, I had a handful of Doctor Who patches, which sold so fast I couldn’t keep them in stock. And by this year’s Robin Hood show in May, I had so many Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and even Avengers patches that they each got their own section of the tent to be displayed in.